Fonds UBCA-ARC-1231 - McGill University College of British Columbia fonds

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McGill University College of British Columbia fonds

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1.2 m of textual records

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The failure of the first University Act of British Columbia in 1891 and a desire to provide post-secondary education for students within the province led to McGill University and Vancouver High School (later Vancouver College) in 1899. The high school curriculum was extended to include the first two years of Arts. In 1903, Victoria High School (later Victoria College) also began an affiliation with McGill University. Although reluctant to establish an Indigenous higher education system, the B.C. Legislature passed an Act to Incorporate the Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning which established McGill University College of British Columbia (MUCBC). The institution provided post-secondary education in the province from 1906 to 1915. During this period, plans to erect a new university on the Point Grey site were postponed. When the University of British Columbia opened on the Fairview campus in 1915, MUCBC was closed, and many of its students and faculty transferred to the new University.

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The accession register number indicates that this material was received in 1974; however, there is no indication of where the files were located prior to their transfer to the University Archives. In addition, there are no original file folders from the creating agencies.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, minute books, and enrollment books created during the establishment and development of McGill University College of British Columbia. The fonds is comprised of three series based on the office of origin: Vancouver College, The Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning in British Columbia, and McGill University College of British Columbia.

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The lack of information concerning the custodial history of the material and the fragmentation of the records makes it impossible to speculate on how the files were maintained in the originating offices: however, it is clear that the original order has been disturbed. Furthermore, the records described in this file list do not provide a complete view of the activities of either the Royal Institution or McGill University College of B.C. The archival group does not hold any records relating to the Senate (of MUCBC), and there is a deficiency of documents in a large number of the existing files.

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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review. To organize access please contact us at UBC Archives.

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Please see the finding aid for the file list.

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General note

Donna Humphries & Wendy Hunt, UBC Archives Website, "Higher Education in British Columbia Before the Establishment of UBC", 1988, accessed March 2022.

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